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Without Roger Waters, Pink Floyd learned to fly all over again

Kevin Wuench

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 9:00am

We teased about Pink Floyd and their new album in yesterday's Lost and Found with Roger Waters, so let's just make it official and honor Pink Floyd and their new release with one of their great songs of the '80s: Learning To Fly.

Learning to Fly was off the 1987 album A Momentary Lapse of Reason, that was the first Pink Floyd album recorded since Waters departed from the band. The song glided to No. 70 on the singles charts and still makes the rounds occasionally on Classic Rock radio stations. While David Gilmour is the star on vocals and lead guitar, drummer Nick Mason (an avid pilot) is the control tower voice you hear in the middle of the song.

The stylish video tells the story of a field worker (played by a Lawrence Bayne, a popular actor on Canadian TV) tempted by a come-to-life scarecrow to leave his toil and morphs into an eagle. The aerial helicopter cinematography was filmed in the Westwind Ridge mountain range in Canada.

On Nov. 10, Pink Floyd will release the album The Endless River, leaving Roger Waters to once again proclaim, "Get off my lawn. I'm not in Pink Floyd anymore." theendlessriver